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Monday, November 18, 2002


The Continuum has obtained the first image from the X-Men: Evolution episode in which the original five members from the comic-book team are featured.

Jean Grey, Angel, Cyclops, Beast and Iceman team up in "Under Lock & Key," scheduled to air on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The episode is written by Sean Roche and directed by Frank Paur.

"It's a really fun and exciting episode," Paur told The Continuum during a recent visit to Film Roman.

Click on the image above for a larger and fuller image. Look for more on X-Men: Evolution soon here in The Continuum.

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Don't expect to see a lot of gaudily dressed villains in the X-Men sequel, Guy Dyas, the production designer for the film, said that the looks of Stryker and Lady Deathstrike will be all business.

Stryker will be played by Brian Cox and Lady Deathstrike will be played by Kelly Hu. Several images of both have been released by 20th Century Fox.

"Because of his character and his age and where he's at and the fact that he's a military man definitely pointed us in that direction," Dyas said of Stryker. "So he has a very conservative, very military-based look to him. He wears a lot of grays, a lot of khakis, a lot of green … it just seemed to fit.

"With Lady Deathstrike, we were really stuck there. You could go with the sort of slinky, sexy route - the James Bond type thing, you know, kick-ass but very beautiful and sexy at the same time. But, I think at the end, we pulled way back from that because it just seemed over the top. Her costumes and outfits became a lot more sophisticated, business-like, actually. Which actually helped out with her position in the film and what she had to do.

"Again, it's (director) Brian's (Singer) practicality that brought that back into the real world."

Hu has different of types of fingernails she used as Lady Deathstrike.

"That would depend on what we were doing," Dyas said. "If she was involved in a stunt sequence, then we had rubberized fingers that attached to the end of her fingers.

"And if it was a scene where we wanted an extreme close-up and there was no actual contact with another actor, we would actually use a steel blade."

In other X² news:

* Halle Berry, who is returning as Storm, is featured on E!'s Revealed on Monday. Berry will also be a guest on Live with Regis and Kelly on Wednesday morning.

* Chris Claremont will be writing the novelization of the film.


Weapon X writer Frank Tieri told The Continuum that Nathan Summers will be appearing in the series.

"Fans who want to know exactly what good ol' Nate's going to be doing in Weapon X will have to pick up the book -- he first joins the cast in #6, in case you were wondering," Tieri said.

"However, given what fans have come to expect from Nathan and considering what the Director's goals are, you can pretty much figure out they ain't going to be drinking buddies."

Tieri said that the character will be showing up in a way fans probably won't expect.

"And yet, it makes all the sense in the world," Tieri said. "Nathan, at his core, is a soldier, and that's the aspect of him I'll be looking to explore within the series."


The Emerald City ComiCon will debut on Sunday, Feb. 9 in Seattle.

The convention will be held at the West Field Plaza of the brand new Seahawks Stadium, which has more than 60,000 square feet in open floor space, making it the largest show of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

Guests include Erik Larsen, Darick Robertson, Scott Morse, Jim Mahfood, Ford Gilmore, Mike Huddleston, Steve Rolston and Pia Guerra.

ECCC will also be host to several publishers including Image Comics, Oni Press and Top Shelf Productions. WizKids, the makers of Mage Knight and HeroClix, will be supporting a sanctioned HeroClix tournament for which they are providing prizes.

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Xin #2 will arrive in stores on Dec. 2 from Harris Comics. The issue is by Kevin Lau, Erik Ko, Jay Faerber, Omar Dogan and Jason Levin, with covers by Lau and Mike Avon Oeming.

Here's how Harris describes the issue:

"Xin finds himself at the mercy of The Goddess, who challenges him to defeat her disciples. Xin, naturally, thinks no one can beat him… then again, he's never faced the Five Elemental Fairies."

Xin #2 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.




  • Above is a first look at the covers to Uncanny X-Men #419, New X-Men #137, Negation #14 and One Plus One #4.

  • Kate Jackson is guest-starring in the holiday-themed episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch on Friday, Dec. 6. The episode is titled "It's A Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot Christmas." Click on the thumbnail for a larger image of Melissa Joan Hart and Jackson from the episode.

  • Coming after midnight: DC Comics for February -- and much more!!!

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